Life Story

Born in October 1986, V.R.Laurence grew up in Transylvania, Romania where she resided until moving to England in 2017.

At an early age she found extreme enjoyment in drawing but it wasn’t until about the age of 11 that she realised art was something she could excel at.

Later, though, she made the decision to pick up a camera instead of a pencil and attend university to attain a degree in photography, as this seemed a more viable career path.

During this time she discovered that photography didn’t fulfil her aspirations and only served to confirm that traditional art was where her true passion lay.

Upon reaching this conclusion she made the brave decision to change course completely and, so, began the long journey of learning and honing her artistic skills.

In the process of this pursuit she developed a keen eye for mood, lighting, and atmosphere, which really set her apart from other artists, and went on to develop her very own creatively distinctive style.

After attending university and attaining her degree she landed her first major freelancing project illustrating a book written by a child’s author.

At the end of 2017 she made the life changing decision to move to England in the hopes of taking her artistic career to newer and more challenging levels.

Less than two years later she was fated to meet a fellow artist who immediately saw the staggering beauty, and untapped potential, in her artistic creations.

Her days are now filled creating art with passion and love.

Expertise & Skills

  • Graphic design.
  • Traditional art.
  • Drawing.
  • Photography.
  • Illustration.
  • Colour theory.
  • Sculpture.
  • Murals, canvas, acrylic and oil painting.
  • Composition, building images.
  • Concept art, concept character design – video games, graphic novels etc.
  • Logo’s, flyers, cards, ad design
  • Book illustration.
  • Comic book colouring, flattening and inking.
  • Organising and displaying exhibits.
  • Archaeological illustration: Porolissum site, Salaj, Romania.
  • Children’s book illustration, book cover illustration: ’Mere Rosii’ by Voichita Elena Toma. ’Cezara Codruta Marica’ Tirgu-Mures.
  • Book cover photography and concept.
  • Product photography, photo editing.
  • Creative writing.

Education, Training & Experience

1997 – 2001

Decorative Arts “Gheorghe Lazar” Zalau, Romania.

Diploma in Fine Arts.

2001 – 2005

High School of Fine Arts “Ioan Sima” Zalau, Romania.

Diploma in Visual art, Painting and Graphics.

2005 – 2008

University of Visual Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Bachelors Degree in Photography and Digital Image Processing.

2008 – 2010

Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Freelance illustration work.

Interior design work.

2010 – 2011

University of Visual Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

One year of Masters in Photography, Digital Imaging.

2010 – 2011

Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Illustrator Educational Magazine, Comic strip based Media Kinder.

Flattened, coloured and rendered comics.

Flyer and poster design and concept.

Maintained and recommended creative design improvements to ensure sales.

Worked creatively alongside team members to deliver a quality product and make sure they met their deadlines.

2011 – Present

Romania and England

Freelance Artist.

Working independently providing vast services of creative content to clients.

Collaborating with other artists.

Building strong connections with repeat clients.

2016 – 2017

Certificate of achievement in Colouring Comics with Photoshop Online Course taught by K. Michael Russell.

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